College Counseling Corner

HHS's biweekly college counseling newsletter

April 29

SENIORS: Pick a college by May 1!

This Sunday, May 1st is National College Decision Day. 4 year colleges (not community colleges) ask students to commit to one college and send in their deposit by this date. Students should have received, via mail or email, instructions on how to enroll or send a deposit. If not, you can usually find this information on the college's website under "Accepted Students". If you cannot find these things or need assistance, call the college today: Friday, April 29th! Congratulations to our seniors on thier college decisions!


If your are planning to attend HCC or STCC, you do not have a May 1st deadline. However, you should follow they steps they have emailed you about placement testing, online orientation and enrolling in classes.

SENIORS: Complete the FAFSA by May 1st!

The FAFSA is an application for financial aid required by all colleges. Students who do not complete it do not get financial aid. You can complete this form at: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa


Students should complete this online form with their parent by May 1st to maximize their financial aid. Students completing after May 1st can still receive financial aid, but they will not be eligible to receive a Mass Grant.

seniors: get help with hcc enrollment

We will be supporting students in finalizing their enrollment to HCC the next 2 Wednesdays during Squad (7:40-8:25am)! All students who are planning to attend HCC next year should attend.

  • May 4th, Studio, get signed up for your placement test (help also available for applications and FAFSA
  • May 11th, cafeteria, Get logged into your HCC online services (help also available for applications, placement testing, and FAFSA)

Grades 10/11: UMASS Dual Enrollment Classes Summer & Fall

UMASS Amherst is offering summer and fall dual enrollment classes for rising 11th and 12th graders. There are online and in-person classes. These classes are completely free, even the books are paid for. Students who choose to take a class on the UMASS campus must provide their own transportation.


Fall 2022 Classes and Application

Summer 2022 Classes and Application

Dual Enrollment and Early College for next year

There is still time to apply for dual enrollment classes and early college program for next year. Click the links to learn more and apply!


Dual Enrollment

Early College (HCC Early College & Westfield Promise)

Future Teachers Club!

Future Teachers Club is a group for any student who is thinkig about a career that works with youth (teaching, social work, therapist, language pathologist, coach, etc). We meet Thursdays after-school in room 222. We always have snacks :) We will be having speakers come to talk to the group o most Thursdays. Here is the schedule:


  • May 5th: Dual Language Elementary Teacher
  • May 12th
  • May 19th: Mental Health Counselor
  • May 26th
  • June 2nd


We will be having Masshire come on one Thursday to talk about paid summer internships that work with youth! We will also be scheduling other speakers based on student interest! Students in all grades are welcome! Hosted by Ms. Rigali and Ms. Holder.

Junior Future Planning

Counselors recently visited all 11th grade English classes to work with juniors in developing college and career plans for their futures! All documents can be found in the School Counseling Google Classroom under "Junior Future Planning Sessions".


Here is the slideshow shared with students which has many great links and resources!


We encourage parents and guardians to take an active role in college & career planning with their juniors over the course of summer so that juniors come in ready to apply to college or jump into a career!

Youth Job Fairs

May 4th: Holyoke City Hall, 3:30-5:30, hosted by MassHire

May 5th: Holyoke Mall, 3-6pm, Macy's Court/Lower Level


Students grades 9-12 looking for summer or permanent employment are encouraged to attend!

MEFA College Admissions Webinar May 3rd

Great webinar for students in grades 10-11 and/or their parents/guardians

week of april 4

UMASS Dual Enrollment Classes!!! FREE to HHS students!

UMASS Dual Enrollment Classes!!!!! Get UMASS credit this summer or next fall!
  • Requirments: going to be a junior or senior next year, 3.2 GPA
Summer Classes:
  • Summer Session 1 (May 19-July 1): Child Development, online. Deadline to enroll: April 28
  • Summer Session 2 (July 11-August 19): Ethnic Studies & Education, via Zoom (supported by in-person tutor). Deadline to apply: June 1st
Fall Classes:
  • All Fall Classes run late August-mid December. Deadline to enroll June 1st
  • Young Children in Famlies & Schools, online
  • Hip Hop Nation & Literacy Practices, Wednesday 1-3:30pm
  • There is one more class listed but the times will not work with the HHS schedule, do not sign-up for it
Enrollment Packets with Instructions to apply, application form, etc. are ATTACHED BELOW.
Once you have the form ready to submit, meet with your school counselor or Ms. Rigali to submit and to let your counselor know you plan to take the classes (we will attempt to alter your fall schedule to accommodate your UMASS class).

Summer Enrollment Packet

Fall Enrollment Packet

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Decision day! Seniors...finalize those plans!

May 1st is National College Decision Day. Four year colleges require that students commit to one college by this date, and send in an enrollment deposit. HHS would like to support students in choosing a college by this date. We ALSO want to encourage all seniors to work to finalize their future plans by May 1st! Here are some supportive and celebratory events to help students reach Decision Day!


Workshops: Understanding your Financial Aid Packages and Choosing a College

  • Tuesday, April 12, B block, 8:53-9:51 a.m., HHS cafeteria: Students only; bring your financial aid award letters.

  • Tuesday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., HHS cafeteria: Students and families; bring your financial aid award letters.

Celebrate Future Decisions!

  • During the week of April 25th, seniors can join the fun in a lunch-time photo booth that features the future decisions of high school seniors.

FAFSA Completion

HHS has many resources to help students finish their financial aid applications (FAFSA). Please email Ms. Rigali at arigali@hps.holyoke.ma.us if you have not yet completed a FAFSAand would like an appointment to complete your FAFSA with one of our FAFSA specialists


Supporting Students going to HCC

Holyoke Community College continues to come to Holyoke High School on Wednesday mornings during SQUAD (7:40am-8:25am) two times per month. During these visits, students can hear from different departments at HCC and can ask individual questions about thier applications, placement tests, financial aid and more. All meetings take place in the studio. Here is the schedule for the rest of the year.

Week of February 28th

HCC Squad Sessions!

Holyoke Community College staff is coming to HHS on Wednesday mornings during Squad to help our HCC bound seniors with: applications, placement testing, choosing a major, FAFSA and course registration!


HCC Squad Sessions are in the studio on the following dates:

  • February 16
  • March 9, 16
  • April 6, 13
  • May 4


All seniors planning to attend HCC are encouraged to attend!

Students who have applied to 4 year colleges must commit to one college on or before May 1st (usually this involves filling out a form and sending a desposit). Seniors are advisied NOT to make a decision until they have received financial aid packages from ALL of the colleges they have been accepted to. They can compare financial aid packages and college costs with their family to make sure they are making the best possible decision!

The MA Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) offers virtual events to help families compare financial aid packages and make an informed decision. View these events here: https://www.mefa.org/events

FREE College Readiness Bootcamp at Bay Path!

What: College Readiness Bootcamp to help prepare students to transition to college
Who: Current 11th and 12th grade female students (EVEN if you are unsure about college)
Where: Bay Path University in Longmeadow (transportation is provided)
Perks: The program is FREE, transportation is provided and you get a $350 stipend just for participating
Important Dates:
  • Dates of program: April 18-22
  • Deadline to apply: March 25

https://www.baypath.edu/academics/academic-resources/college-readiness-bootcamp/

FREE Pre-College Summer Program at Carnegie Mellon

Many colleges offer pre-college summer programs for underclassmen...but not all of them are free! This one is! It's hosted by Carnegie Mellon! Check it out (more summer programs will be posted continuously in the School Counseling Google Classroom):


https://www.cmu.edu/pre-college/academic-programs/ai4all-at-carnegie-mellon.html

Summer pre-college programs!

We are starting to post about summer internships and pre-college programs in the school counseling Google Classroom! Students and parents/guardians can check back often to see what kinds of programs are available. Students who are not in the Google Classroom, can join with these codes. Parents who are not in the Google Classroom should email arigali@hps.holyoke.ma.us for access.


Grade 9: 3k2ruwh


Grade 10: qhqntwk


Grade 11: 66bej3c


Grade 12: lixrahe

HCC Community Health Worker Apprenticeship Program

Interested in a health career? Not sure where to start? Apply to become a community health worker apprentice! Take FREE college classes AND get paid a stipend. This opportunity is for graduating seniors.

Week of February 14th

FAFSA Night (in person)!

Tuesday, March 1st, 6:30pm

500 Beech Street

Holyoke, MA

Seniors and families! Come to HHS on Tuesday, March 1st to get help in completing your financial aid applications (FAFSA)! We will have professionals available to help in English and Spanish.


Pizza will be served! HHS Cafeteria


St. Patrick's Day Theme...wear your green! Bring social security number of student and parent, as well as income information for 2020 (all needed to complete FAFSA).


Students who attend will be entered into a raffle to win FREE tickets to the Junior/Senior prom on March 18th!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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RACE to the FAFSA Finishline

HHS's goal is that 100% of college-bound seniors will complete thier FAFSA on or before March 1st! All students who do so, will be entered into a raffle to win FREE tickets to the Junior/Senior prom on March 18th! To complete FAFSA and be entered to win, do one of the following:

1. Complete FAFSA on your own and email your FAFSA confirmation page to arigali@hps.holyoke.ma.us (if you already completed FAFSA; just forward the email)

2. Come to FAFSA Night on March 1st to automatically be entered (see event details above)

Course selections due Friday 2/18!

Reminder that current 10th and 11th graders must choose thier courses next year by this Friday, February 18th.

Read the last newssletter for tips on picking classes that will help you get into college (scroll below)!

Week of February 2nd

Choosing high schools classes that will get you into college!

HHS North 9th, 10th and 11th graders will be choosing their classes for the next school year this month!

Counselors are visiting classes between February 2nd-9th and then students will enter thier courses online before February 18th!


When choosing classes, students should keep in mind that colleges have specific criteria they are looking for when admitting students. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • Many colleges look for students to have taken 3-4 years of a world language (in the same language). Minimum for any 4 year college is 2 years of a language.
  • Competitive colleges encourage students to take 4 years of all of the core academics (English, math, science, social studies/history, languages)
  • Many colleges like to see students take science in all of the 3 core science areas: Biology, Chemisty, and Physics.
  • Science, engineering, health science and nursing majors often require or encourage students to take AT LEAST through precalculus.
  • Engineering programs require that you have taken physics.
  • Each school year should be AS rigorous or MORE rigorous than the previous year. Colleges don't like to see students "taking it easy" their senior year.

Check out these college admissions webpages to get more information (ALL colleges have an admissions page where you can learn more):


Questions? Email arigali@hps.holyoke.ma.us

HCC is coming to HHS

HCC staff will be coming to HHS twice monthly during Squad (7:40-8:25am on Wednesdays).

During these sessions, seniors planning on attending HCC next year can get help with all of the steps to register for HCC (apply, placement testing, FAFSA, course registration and more). They'll also have the opportunity to connect with HCC staff!


The 1st session is February 16th during Squad. Seniors should sign-up here if they plan to participate.

Apply to Scholarships!! HHS has a comprehensive list!

Click here to view posted scholarships. Check back often!

Interested in work or job training after high school?

Check out this slideshow with informaiton about all of HCC's FREE workforce development and job training programs! Click the button to access the information

Financial Aid Help Continues!

Monthly FAFSA Nights-HHS
  • March 1st at 7pm IN PERSON: HHS CAFETERIA


Individual meetings during the school day-HHS



After-school on Thursdays-HHS


  • We are after-school on Thursdays in room 109 for college and FAFSA help



Virtual FAFSA Pop-Up Saturdays (click link to view dates and register)




FAFSA text support from uAspire


  • Text 978-216-5109 to ask questions or request FAFSA help. They will answer via text and can set-up a phone call or zoom meeting



CSS/PROFILE

If you are applying to any of the colleges on this list, ensure that you fill out the CSS/PROFILE in addition to the FAFSA

Schedule an appointment for college or career help

Click here to find a time that works for you!

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week of january 10

Interested in the building trades?

Interested in becoming an electrician, plumber, carpenter, or other building trades? Not sure where to start? The Community Works pre-apprenticeship program introduces you to the Building Trades and helps you get into an apprenticeship! The FREE, evening classes start in February. To learn more, PLEASE sign-up to attend an information session! The final info session is Monday, January 17th at 7pm via Zoom!

Info Session Sign-Up & Details: https://communityworks.umasscreate.net/community-works/info-sessions/
About this Program: https://communityworks.umasscreate.net/community-works/


**FYI that although students must be 18 to participate in the classes, students who are not 18 can still attend the info session! They can enroll in the classes once they turn 18

Financial Aid Help for Seniors

Monthly Virtual FAFSA Nights-HHS



Individual meetings during the school day-HHS



After-school on Thursdays-HHS


  • We are after-school on Thursdays in room 109 for college and FAFSA help



Virtual FAFSA Pop-Up Saturdays (click link to view dates and register)




FAFSA text support from uAspire


  • Text 978-216-5109 to ask questions or request FAFSA help. They will answer via text and can set-up a phone call or zoom meeting


uAspire FAFSA Walk-Through


  • January 27th, 6-7pm, via zoom
  • Register here



CSS/PROFILE

If you are applying to any of the colleges on this list, ensure that you fill out the CSS/PROFILE in addition to the FAFSA

HHS Scholarship Listings

Updated often! Scholarships for every grade! Check back often!

Horatio Alger Scholarship for Juniors

The Horatio Alger state and national scholarships atre excellent scholarships for students who meet the criteria. The application has now opened for 11th grade students. Applications are due March 15th. The application is long and should be started early.

Eligible students:


  • Have a family income of $55,000 or less
  • Have a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Plan to pursue a Bachelor's Degree
  • Have overcome adversity in life
  • Are involved in extracurricular activities and/or volunteering



Visit the website for more information

https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/

May 1st: national college reply deadline

May 1st is the National College Reply Deadline.


This means you MUST commit to one college and send in you deposit by this deadline.

What you need to know:

  • You do NOT need to reply earlier, even if a college is encouraging you to
  • NEVER commit to one college before you know how much financial aid you are getting from them
  • ALL colleges to which you apply will send you a financial aid award (a list of scholarships, grants, and other funds they are offering you). Compare financial aid awards before committing to a college.
  • If you are wondering when you will get your financial aid award: call the financial aid office of the college and ask!

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week of december 13

Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines!!!

Applying to 4 year colleges?

Consult the websites of the colleges you are applying to find out their deadline

Many deadlines are in January!

Send your applications by deadline and arrange to send your letters of recommendation and transcripts by the deadline!

Financial Aid deadlines are usually around the same time. Keep reading if you need help with financial aid!

FAFSA/Financial Aid Help

Monthly Virtual FAFSA Nights-HHS




Individual meetings during the school day-HHS




After-school on Thursdays-HHS


  • We are after-school on Thursdays in room 109 for college and FAFSA help



MEFA webinars




Virtual FAFSA Pop-Up Saturdays (click link to view dates and register)




FAFSA text support from uAspire


  • Text 978-216-5109 to ask questions or request FAFSA help. They will answer via text and can set-up a phone call or zoom meeting


CSS/PROFILE

If you are applying to any of the colleges on this list, ensure that you fill out the CSS/PROFILE in addition to the FAFSA

Learn about apprenticeships

If you are interested in the building trades and want to learn more about getting into an apprenticeship, fill out this form to attend an information session

Week of November 29

Celebrating College Acceptances!

HHS Dean and North campuses celebrated the Massachusetts College Application Celebration the week of November 15th. Seniors had virtual meetings and interviews with 14 area colleges and many received on-the-spot college acceptances. HHS North seniors celebrate a total of 59 college acceptances and seniors earned a class total of $554,000 in scholarship money from the colleges! Keep up the good work seniors!

Time to apply for financial aid!

Seniors who will attend college next year should begin to apply for financial aid. Two common financial aid applications are:


FAFSA

CSS/PROFILE


If you would like help filling out these applications, please contact one of the following people to make an appointment:


Anna Rigali: arigali@hps.holyoke.ma.us (English/Spanish), 514-534-2020, ext. 1134

Jazzmun Baez: jbaez@hpa.holyoke.ma.us

Free Event: Is College Right for me?

Thursday, December 2nd at 7pm

Virtual FAFSA Pop-Up Saturdays

Virtual FAFSA Help on Saturdays (several dates to choose from). Help available in several languages, including Spanish. View more information and register HERE.

MEFA Workshops: Financial Aid & College Admissions

Excellent workshops for 11th & 12th graders and their families. Visit the link to see full menu of workshops!

Military Informational Sessions

College rep visits have come to a close for the season, and now military rep visits will be beginning!


11th and 12th grade students who are interested in learning about the different military branches (including educational benefits that they offer, jobs within that branch, commitment and more) should sign-up to attend the visits.


Calendar of Visits (check back often, more will be added)

Sign-Up Sheet

Week of November 8th

Upcoming College Info Session for ALL students!

Graduate students in the UMASS School Counseling Program are offering a wonderful upcoming informational session for our students in grades 9-12. Here is the information:


FAFSA & The College Application Process

November 15th

Offered at 2 different times:

3:30-4:45pm (Zoom link)

7-8:15pm (Zoom link)


Starting planning for college early!

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MCAC for seniors!

Many seniors signed up to participate in the Massachusetts College Application Celebration: an event where colleges will meet one-on-one with out seniors in a virtual format. They will review their applications and offer them on-the-spot decisions. Seniors who signed-up must prepare by doing the following:


1. Work on completing applications to the colleges that you plan to visit with. Ideally, you will complete and submit these applications before November 11th (if you do not finish by the 11th, still aim to submit prior to the event on Nov. 18th and 19th).
2. Continuously review your email to be on the lookout for an email from Jazzmun Baez or Mary Colon (Gear Up staff) for your appointment days, times, and locations!
3. On November 18th and 19th, go to your specified location at the time of your appointment. Be ready to talk to the college reps.


If you did not sign-up but want to participate, please email Jazzmun at jbaez@hps.holyoke.ma.us

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Need Help with college stuff?!

There is always someone in room 109 after-school on Thursdays from 2:40pm-4pm ready to help you with anything college/career related. Don't be shy...stop by!

Need Help with Xello? Letters of rec? Common App?

Watch this video which will walk you through the process of doing all of this!

Missed Financial Aid Info Night?

No worries! Here are the slides (with a video linked on the last slide)

English Financial Aid Slides

Spanish Financiad Aid Slides

College and Military Rep Visits

College Visits are coming to a close and Militar Rep Visits will begin in December. Students interested in visiting with these college and military reps can stop by guidance to sign-up or they can sign-up online in the School Counseling Google Classroom!

College Visit Calendar

Military Visit Calendar

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SENIORS: MA College Application Celebration is Coming Up!

On Nov, 18th and 19th, many local colleges will be at HHS (virtually) to meet with our seniors, review their applications, and (in some cases) offer ON-THE-SPOT admissions decisions!


Imagine?! Getting your first college acceptance right away!


How to participate:

  1. Sign-up to visit with your top 3 colleges using this form BY November 1st!!!

  2. Complete the applications for the colleges you selected (be sure to submit by November 10th)

  3. Check your email daily for your appointment times

  4. Show-up to your appointment on November 18th and 19th! Appointments will be via zoom in the cafeteria or the studio. We will provide chromebooks


Participating Colleges: Westfield, AIC, Western New England, MCLA, STCC, Anna Maria, Keene State, Framingham State, Springfield College, Bay Path, UMASS Dartmouth, HCC, Elms , Mass Art

College Admissions & Financial Aid Events by MEFA

Families of seniors are HIGHLY encouraged to attend these helpful sessions! Many virtual sessions about college planning and financial aid. For families of all grades.

Connecting Common App & Xello

Watch this video to learn how to connect Common App & Xello and how to send letters of recommendation through Xello. Required of seniors!

week of october 12

Financial Aid Info Night

HHS will offer Virtual Financial Aid Information Sessions for seniors at all campuses (and graduates!). This session will talk about what financial aid is and how to apply. Register HERE.

  • Wednesday, October 20th at 7:30pm (Spanish)

  • Thursday, October 21st at 7:30pm (English)

Zoom links will be sent after you register

Applying to college for seniors

Use the Common App for colleges that use it: www.commonapp.org (create an account if you do not have one and add colleges you plan to apply to)


Link your Common App with your Xello Account so that HHS can send letters of recommendation and transcripts (you already have a Xello account, no need to create one. See below for how to log-in)


HERE is how to link Common App and Xello

Xello...making applying to college easy!

This year, HHS will use Xello to send all letters of recommendation and transcripts to colleges. Students just need to keep their college list and deadlines current in Xello in order to have their materials sent!


Common App colleges will automaticallly appear once a student links their Common App with Xello. Other colleges must be added by the student.


Students can access their Xello Accounts by clicking the Google apps icon (see image below) and scrolling all the way down and clicking Xe (Xello). They will automatically be logged in.

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College/career office hours

All students are welcome to come to room 109 after-school on Thursdays to get help with college and career questions! (office hours usually start at 2:40pm after we finish our after-school staff duty)


Examples of what we can help with:

Linking Common App with Xello

Addiing colleges to your Xello account

Making a resume

Asking how to research colleges

Questions about financial aid

...and more!

Week of September 27

PSAT Forms due October 1st

10th and 11 grade students who would like to take the PSAT must turn in their form by Friday, October 1st in the school counseling office.


Forms were distributed to students in their English classes on Monday and Tuesday. Students who lost a form can visit the school counseling office.


10th graders who plan to take the test must pay $18 (cash only) to register.


Student taking the PSAT must be in school on time on the following 3 dates:

  • October 5th, 7th, and 13th


Questions? Email arigali@hps.holyoke.ma.us

Seniors: sign-up for mandatory assemblies by Friday, October 1st

All seniors must attend at least one post-secondary planning workshop next week. Students may attend more than one. They will take place in the auditorium.


The dates and times of the workshops are:

  • 4 year colleges: Oct. 4th, 9:45am
  • 2 year colleges: Oct. 6th, 9:45am
  • Military: Oct. 5th, 9:45am
  • Work/Career: Oct. 7th, 10am


Students can sign-up for these sessions here: https://calendly.com/kfennhhs


SAT October 2nd

Many seniors are registered to take the SAT on Saturday, Oct. 2nd at HHS. Here is what they need to know:

  • Arrive at HHS no later than 7:45am
  • Bring a photo ID (see Ms. Rigali ahead of time if you do not have one)
  • Bring #2 pencils
  • Bring a calculator (ask your math teacher to borrow one if you do not have one)
  • Bring water and a snack

College Rep Visits continue!

Representatives from different colleges continue to visit HHS. Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to attend these visits!


Here is how to attend:

1. Look at the calendar (it is linked here, but you can also access it in the School Counseling Google Classroom, on paper in the School Counseling Office, and on the HHS college counseling website)--check out which reps you are interested in talking to

2. Sign-up! You can use the electronic sign-up sheet in the School Counseling Google Classroom OR you can sign-up on paper in the School Counseling Office. To attend, show your teacher your pass or your email confirmation.

3. Report to the media room (near the 1st floor girls bathroom) for the visit--some visits may be moved to the cafeteria if many students sign-up


College Visit Calendar (check back often as more colleges will sign-up)

Sign-Up Sheet


**Students in grades 11 and 12 are able to attend college rep visits

weeks of sep. 7 & Sep. 14

PSAT for grade 10-11 students

HHS sophomores and juniors!!

HHS will be hosting the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) on October 13th. Pretty soon, you will see a video about the PSAT in your English class and you'll receive a sign-up sheet (this will happen on Sep. 27th). You will turn the sheet in the school counseling office if you wish to take the test.

What is the PSAT?
A preliminary SAT--a test that prepares you for what to expect in the real SAT (The SAT is a test required to apply to some colleges. College-bound students usually take the SAT in grades 11 and 12). The PSAT is a little shorter than the SAT and happens during the school day. It consists of math and ELA questions.

Why take the PSAT?
  • It will help you know what to expect for the SAT
  • It helps you prepare for the expectations for college
  • It can qualify you to win a National Merit Scholarship
  • You can use your scores to study for the SAT

Links:
the benefits of taking the PSAT and how to practice for the PSAT!

Cost:
  • The PSAT is free for 11th grade students
  • The PSAT costs $18 for 10th grade students (cash only)
  • Space is limited, so if you want to take the test, make sure to sign-up right after registration forms become available

College Office Hours

HHS College Counseling and the Gear Up program will be offering a College Q&A every Thursday after school in room 109. Students in any grade are welcome to attend. You can get help with SAT reigtsration, college applications or scholarships; get help with a Gear Up or Upward Bound applications; ask general questions about college, and more!

Senior Future Planning Meetings

The School Counselors and College/Career Counselor will be offering sessions to seniors to give them important information for their future planning. There will be sessions on:


4 year colleges: Oct. 4th

2 year colleges: Oct. 6th

Military: Oct. 5th

Work/Career: Oct. 7th


ALL seniors must attend at LEAST one session. Students are encouraged to attend more than one session. Sign-up sheets will be provided to students in the coming weeks.


Students can sign-up here: https://calendly.com/kfennhhs

College Application Support for seniors, by Siena College

College Reps visit HHS!

College reps will be starting to visit HHS (in-person as well as virtually) to talk with you about their colleges! This is a great way to learn more about different colleges and to connect with reps of colleges that you are interested in. Even if you don't know which colleges you are interested in, hearing from some colleges will start to get you thinking.


Here is how to attend:

1. Look at the calendar (it is linked here, but you can also access it in the School Counseling Google Classroom, on paper in the School Counseling Office, and on the HHS college counseling website)--check out which reps you are interested in talking to

2. Sign-up! You can use the electronic sign-up sheet in the School Counseling Google Classroom OR you can sign-up on paper in the School Counseling Office. To attend, show your teacher your pass or your email confirmation.

3. Report to the media room (near the 1st floor girls bathroom) for the visit--some visits may be moved to the cafeteria if many students sign-up


College Visit Calendar (check back often as more colleges will sign-up)

Sign-Up Sheet


**Students in grades 11 and 12 are able to attend college rep visits

Join the School Counseling Google Classrooms for your grade!

Students should join the School Counseling Google Classroom for their grade to stay up-to-date with all important happenings. Once a student joins, the parent/guardian will also be invited if an email is on file. Here is the links and codes for each grade


Grade 9

Invite Link Here

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Grade 10

Invite Link Here

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Grade 11

Invite Link Here

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Grade 12

Invite Link Here

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Apply to Upward Bound!

Want to go to college? GCC Upward Bound can help!
Upward Bound provides FREE support to low-income and/or first generation students (neither parent holds a bachelor's degree) in their pursuit of going to college! We provide academic advising, tutoring, test prep, college prep, and more! We are currently recruiting ALL GRADES! So if you’re serious about going to college and would like our assistance, reach out to the academic advisor Yahima Perez through email perezy@gcc.mass.edu or call/text (239)986-9648 OR apply online!

**GCC Upward Bound was formerly NMH Upward Bound


Application

Upward Bound Website

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Counselor contact information

This document has counselor emails and phone numbers. It also has counselor appointment links!

Students are encouraged to sign-up for an appointment with their counselor by using these links! An email and text reminder will be sent to the student before thier appointment.

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Week of August 23rd

SAT Registration Deadline September 3rd!

HHS is offering the SAT on October 2nd. Seniors who wish to take the test should register by September 3rd by logging into their Collegeboard account (www.collegeboard.org). If you need a fee waiver, please email Ms. Rigali (arigali@hps.holyoke.ma.us).


The SAT is a standardized test required for admission to SOME colleges. Due to the pandemic, many colleges are not requiring the SAT for the Class of 2022. To find out if your colleges are requiring the SAT, visit www.fairtest.org for a list of SAT optional colleges.


The SAT is still required for consideration for some merit scholarships. We encourage college-bound seniors to take the SAT at least one time.

Applying to College? Start NOW!

Most 4 year colleges have deadlines that range from November (early decision/early action)-February/March (regular decision). Colleges do not accept late applications, so it is important to do your research now to find out what the deadlines are for colleges you want to apply to. Competitive majors (such as health careers) often have earlier deadlines.


Common Application (www.commonapp.org) is one application that many colleges will accept. This year Westfield State and Worcester State are accepting the Common App! Start a Common App Account and then link it to your Xello account. HERE is how you can link Common App and Xello.


All college applications and deadlines are found on the websites of specific colleges.